Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Rehearsal Dinner - What not to do!

William Allen Farm, Your Maine Dream-Wedding Center

The Rehearsal Dinner - What not to do!

Years back, it was customary to hold a rehearsal dinner after a wedding ceremony run-through. It was attended by the bride and groom, the parents and family of both, the entire bridal party, and the Celebrant (usually a man of the cloth). The dinner was normally held at a restaurant. It was a semi-formal affair, and although it was set aside as a time for everyone to mix and mingle, it usually turned out to be an event in which the only people you mixed with were those who sat on either side of you.

Today, there are no rules. Rehearsal dinners happen with or without a ceremony run-through. They can be a stand-up cheese-and-crackers affair, a sumptuous banquet, or anything in between.

At William Allen Farm, we can provide for a tented lawn-rehearsal dinner, or a more formal event held in our famous, 200-year-old New England barn (you will need your own caterer to supply the food).

If you plan on holding your wedding ceremony at our farm, it’s advantageous to rehearse your wedding the evening before to prevent any problems that might arise. Everyone, from your parents to your bridal party, should understand what it is they need to do and at what point they need to do it.

It’s always a good idea to send out invitations to the rehearsal dinner. Responses will give you an accurate head count for your caterer. Invitations will also clear up sticky misunderstandings as to who is invited, and who is not, such as: What about Aunty Joan? She’s not really your aunt, but you’ve always called her aunty and she’s usually at the family functions. I’m certain she’ll want to know if she’s invited.

Whether you’re planning a simple after-rehearsal get-together, or a more elaborate rehearsal dinner party, here are a few “Don’ts” you may wish to consider:

1.      Have a practice ceremony, don’t have a practice wedding. All too often, gracious hosts over-feed their guests the night before the wedding. Trust me, there are many who will not enjoy the dinner being served at your wedding if they’ve over-eaten the night before.
2.      Don’t have an open bar at the rehearsal dinner. Keep the alcohol consumption to a minimum. Be on the safe side, beer and wine are adequate. Fruit punch, ice tea, soda, sparkling water, they’re all good. If you decide to serve alcohol, how much should you have on hand? Err on the side of too little rather than too much. Too many wedding photos are spoiled because family or bridal party members look like they feel—hung over.
3.      Don’t start your rehearsal late in the evening, and keep it to one hour at most. People get bored and hungry mighty fast, especially children. You don’t want a cranky kid to spoil your evening.
4.      Don’t choose a restaurant far from the rehearsal. Remember that cranky kid I was talking about? They come in all sizes and ages from 2 to 92.
5.      Finally, don’t forget to have fun. You’re not the wedding planner (although you probably planned most of it yourselves). It’s not your job to make certain that people are having a good time. You’ve done your part, now it’s time to kick off your shoes, dance, take plenty of photos, and relax. Your big day is tomorrow.

If you do not plan to have your rehearsal dinner at William Allen Farm, here is a list of restaurants close by that you may wish to consider:

·         Azure CafĂ©, 123 Main St., Freeport, ME 04032 (207) 865-1237
·         Harraseeket Inn, 162 Main St., Freeport, ME 04032 (207) 865-9377
·         Linda Bean Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern, 88 Main St., Freeport, ME 04032 (207) 865-9835
·         Conundrum Wine Bistro, 117 US-1, Freeport, ME 04032 (207) 865-0303
·         Royal River Grill House, 106 Lafayette St., Yarmouth, ME 04096 (207) 846-1226
·         The Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row, Brunswick, ME 04011 (207) 729-4914
·         Brunswick Inn and Tavern, 4 Noble St., Brunswick, ME 04011 (207) 837-6565

·         Enoteca Athena, 97 Main St., Brunswick, ME 04011 (207) 721-0100

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Enjoy The Best of Both Worlds

A William Allen Farm Wedding - Enjoy The Best of Both Worlds

People love Maine weddings, especially when the setting is an authentic 200-year-old barn. There’s nothing like a pastoral ceremony—the trees, the flowers, the sunset­—you couldn’t find a more romantic backdrop.

William Allen Farm is the premier barn wedding venue with our famous 200-year-old New England barn that can accommodate up to 200 guests. It offers a rustic setting, yet can be converted into an elegant, more formal affair. Our sixty-three acres is the site of picturesque old stone walls, a lovely pond, flower gardens, and an open lawn that’s ideal for any size event. It is the perfect location for your Maine Dream Wedding.

And yet, only 15 short minutes away is downtown Freeport, home of Maine’s famous L.L.Bean’s flagship store. Freeport, located along the beautiful shores of Casco Bay, is packed with outlet stores, such as: Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Coach Factory, Cole Haan, J.Crew, The Body Shop, Tommy Hilfiger, and many, many more. Your guests will love visiting and shopping in Freeport.

For guests who are not shoppers, there are plenty of museums to visit. The beautiful town of Brunswick, Maine is only 25 minutes away. Here, at The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, your guests can peruse an antiquities collection that contains over 1,800 Assyrian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine objects. European paintings, Oriental art, illustrated manuscripts, sculptures, and decorative arts are all part of the collection. Brunswick was also home of the famous Civil War hero, Joshua L. Chamberlain. Guests can tour his home, now a museum, and learn about the general’s accomplishments before, during, and after the war.

Speaking of museums…Portland, Maine, home of The Portland Museum of Art, is only 30 minutes away.  This museum holds one of the greatest collections of American, European, and Contemporary art on the eastern coast. Their special exhibitions are visited by people from all over the world.
Portland is Maine’s largest city and the state’s cultural center. Your guests can enjoy fabulous, award-winning restaurants, theater, nightlife, and sightseeing. So much to do. So little time to do it.

In addition, a full-range of accommodations, from high-end hotels to charming bed and breakfast nooks are available a short distance from our farm.

  • Adventures
  • Arts and Culture
  • Dining and Nightlife
  • Golf
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Parks
  • Sightseeing
  • And More

They’re all within minutes from William Allen Farm - your Maine Dream Wedding Center.

Call or email us to find out more about events and activities in and around our location. We’d love to hear from you.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Looking for a Vintage Theme? Or a Black Tie Affair?

Whether you are looking for a vintage theme or a black tie affair, the William Allen Farm is the perfect location for your Maine barn wedding


Welcome to the William Allen Farm Blog

William Allen Farm in picturesque Pownal, Maine, is the ideal spot for your perfect barn wedding.  The farm offers an ideal location for your beautiful outdoor wedding boasting sixty three acres of woods and fields bordered by gorgeous old stone walls.  The grounds include a lovely pond, gardens and open lawn perfect for gatherings large or small.  One of Maine’s premiere barn wedding venues is just half an hour north of Portland and just minutes from Maine’s beautiful coastal towns of Freeport and Brunswick.

We welcome you to come enjoy the William Allen Farm offering tons of beautiful open space, our magnificent sunsets and the rustic charm and elegance of our 200 year old barn, the perfect spot for your Maine wedding.

William Allen Farm
284 Allen Road  Pownal, ME 04069
Phone: 207-317-6663 – Ask for Heidi Curry